Man Struggling with Xanax AddictionXanax is the most prescribed psychiatric medicine in the United States. While it treats a various anxiety disorders, the high volume of Xanax prescriptions has also led to increased drug use. If left untreated, men can easily develop a Xanax addiction.

What Is Xanax?

A powerful sedative, Xanax treats generalized anxiety disorder, insomnia and panic disorders. Scientists developed this benzodiazepine to replace barbiturates. Xanax is actually a brand of the generic drug alprazolam. Street names include:

  • Bars
  • Benzos
  • Blue footballs
  • Handlebars
  • Xannies

The pills come in several doses with different colors and shapes. Typically, the effects peak about one to two hours after taking it. However, the drug stays in your body for about 12–15 hours.

How Does Xanax Affect the Brain?

Xanax boosts a chemical in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid, which slows down nerve cell activity in the brain. This slowed activity causes people to feel calm and relaxed.

Currently, the DEA classifies Xanax as a Schedule IV drug. Its swift effectiveness is what makes it so dangerous. In fact, some people feel the effects in as little as 25 minutes. Since the effects only last for a few hours, many people feel compelled to take more, even if it violates their prescriptions.

However, Xanax tolerance develops quickly. People need to take more and more to achieve the same effects, causing some individuals to take 20–30 pills a day. Increased tolerance and dependence can quickly manifest into addiction.

Signs of Xanax Addiction

When individuals develop a Xanax addiction, others may notice that they ignore their daily obligations. This could include neglecting family, not showing up for work or skipping school. Instead, they devote all of their energy to seeking and using drugs.

Another sign of addiction is losing interest in activities or hobbies that they onced loved. Some people start taking more risks, such as driving with Xanax in their system. They may even encounter legal problems because of their use.

Other possible signs of addiction include:

  • Inability to stop using
  • Losing control over how much they use
  • Obsessing over getting and using Xanax

Additionally, many individuals with a Xanax addiction are scared to quit because they’ve heard about dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Since these symptoms can start just hours after their last dose, they may take more to get relief.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

A Xanax addiction doesn’t have to exist in order for men to experience withdrawal symptoms. These side effects can happen after only a couple of weeks. People with Xanax addiction may have more severe symptoms, including:

  • Delusions
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Weight loss

Even with limited Xanax abuse, these symptoms can begin within six hours of the last dose. While most symptoms subsides within a couple of weeks, some symptoms can persist for several months… even years.

Why Treatment is Important

The best way to start addiction recovery is through a medically supervised drug detox. This process ensures that those in withdrawal receive safe and compassionate care. Experienced medical staff at these facilities will effectively minimize complications while addressing any that arise.

After detox, continuing with Xanax addiction treatment at an accredited rehabilitation facility can effectively teach men how to manage their condition. Those with serious addictions may need residential inpatient treatment. In some cases, intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization can also be beneficial.

Regardless of which level of care is right for you, the best programs will implement proven addiction therapy approaches in all of them. Therapists work with Guests to address the cause of their addiction and identify their triggers. By working with therapists to develop an effective relapse prevention plan, men have the best chance to acquire better coping techniques to deal with life’s obstacles.

Treating Your Xanax Addiction at Serenity Lodge

Men struggling with Xanax addiction or other substances can find help at Serenity Lodge. Our 22-acre, male-only facility in California focuses on providing a comfortable and safe atmosphere for recovery. Our amenity-rich location offers a gym, pool, golf, library and sauna. Guests can also take advantage of holistic therapies such as:

  • Fitness
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Nutrition

Put an end to your struggles with Xanax addiction. Our quality therapy programs can help you achieve sobriety. For more, call Serenity Lodge today at 866-379-4365.